This past week Kansas passed SB 45 and it’s on its way to the Governor Brownback’s desk for signing.
What is Senate Bill 45? SB 45 allows new drivers the ability to start driving a car without any training and without a driver’s test. All a new driver has to do is buy a car, jump in the driver’s seat and drive way. New driver’s should just instinctively know how to drive a car and SB 45 trusts them to do just that.
“Driving a car is a lifestyle,” said a Kansas lawmaker and supporter of the bill. “The government should trust its citizens.”
That’s just crazy talk Aimee! Think of all the accidents and deaths that would occur if people were operating cars without any proper training?
Oh snap! You caught me! SB 45 isn’t about driving a car and the Kansas lawmaker didn’t say that.
Swap out the word “car” for “gun” and that is really what SB 45 is all about. SB 45 does away with any required training when obtaining a firearm. The bill also allows for conceal and carry in the state of Kansas without a permit.
Of course, the NRA backs the bill saying, “SB 45 is a necessary update to concealed carry in Kansas, allowing law-abiding gun owners the ability to better protect themselves and their loved ones.”
Better protect their loved ones? How exactly does a permit stand in the way of someone protecting their families? As we all ponder that for a moment, here is the real quote from the Kansas lawmaker….
“Carrying a gun is a lifestyle,” said Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, R-Palco. “The government should trust its citizens.”
Carrying a gun is a lifestyle? These same lawmakers say being gay is a lifestyle. I’m curious what else is a lifestyle? Who knows – maybe being a snarky blog writer is a lifestyle? I’m living an exciting lifestyle – typing a blog on a Saturday night.
Now, I’m still laughing over the part where the government should just TRUST its citizens to know how to use guns. Kiss gun accidents goodbye! I’m suuurrreee a weekend watching Tom Cruise movies and shooting at old tin cans will be p-l-e-n-t-y to get new gun owners up to speed.
Now before you fire up your 140 characters on twitter with the hashtag #2ndamendment – we’ve been to this rodeo before. I’m not debating your right to own a gun. I challenge you to tell me why it’s unreasonable to ask that a gun owner be properly trained. And saying, “just cause the 2nd amendment” isn’t a reasonable answer.
This is an issue that should unite gun control advocates and gun rights advocates. Reach out to Governor Brownback. Tell him not to pass this bill without reasonable gun training added to it.
Governor Sam Brownback